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  • The Design process Archives - Steffan Antonas
    we all agreed that succeeding in the prototyping stage is about speed pure and simple Quick and dirty beats slow and pretty every single time That said here are 3 prototyping tools that did get discussed Keynotopia This is the one I would naturally gravitate to I m firmly in the quick and dirty camp and this tool is the simplest and is the least expensive Keynotopia is a large collection of user interface design templates that enable you to prototype and test your site or app ideas using Apple Keynote Microsoft PowerPoint or OpenOffice Impress it s almost all drag and drop and if you understand page transitions you re already on your way to mastery Plus you can export your prototype as a clickable pdf which is super handy The templates include thousands of wireframe and high fidelity vector UI components designed from scratch in Keynote Powerpoint and OpenOffice and are fully editable and customizable without needing additional design tools Again at 49 99 this one is the cheapest of the three Here s a video demo of Keynotopia Antetype Antetype is an app that s relatively established in the marketplace and there were a few strong advocates in the room who praised it While the learning curve is a little steeper than Keynotopia this one is definitely better suited for more complex projects and designs At 289 USD you ll have to decide how feature rich you need the tool to be to get your job done Students can also score a copy for 49 which is very reasonable Here s a demo of Antetype Axure Axure was the big boy of the 3 At 589 you d have to be prototyping a lot with it to justify the cost but again there were a few happy

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  • Tools Archives - Steffan Antonas
    all agreed that succeeding in the prototyping stage is about speed pure and simple Quick and dirty beats slow and pretty every single time That said here are 3 prototyping tools that did get discussed Keynotopia This is the one I would naturally gravitate to I m firmly in the quick and dirty camp and this tool is the simplest and is the least expensive Keynotopia is a large collection of user interface design templates that enable you to prototype and test your site or app ideas using Apple Keynote Microsoft PowerPoint or OpenOffice Impress it s almost all drag and drop and if you understand page transitions you re already on your way to mastery Plus you can export your prototype as a clickable pdf which is super handy The templates include thousands of wireframe and high fidelity vector UI components designed from scratch in Keynote Powerpoint and OpenOffice and are fully editable and customizable without needing additional design tools Again at 49 99 this one is the cheapest of the three Here s a video demo of Keynotopia Antetype Antetype is an app that s relatively established in the marketplace and there were a few strong advocates in the room who praised it While the learning curve is a little steeper than Keynotopia this one is definitely better suited for more complex projects and designs At 289 USD you ll have to decide how feature rich you need the tool to be to get your job done Students can also score a copy for 49 which is very reasonable Here s a demo of Antetype Axure Axure was the big boy of the 3 At 589 you d have to be prototyping a lot with it to justify the cost but again there were a few happy users

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  • Book Review- Above The Fold: Understanding the Principles of Successful Web Site Design - Steffan Antonas
    when you re ready to start doing professional projects Just do so knowing that when you do eventually come back and read it you ll probably kick yourself for not reading it first For those of you interested in buying the book here s a quick list of pros and cons PROS many There s zero fluff factor Brian did a solid job of explaining things simply and succinctly and moving on Every page gets straight to the point You ll get through it quickly without feeling like you wasted any time It s easy on the eyes There are plenty of visuals to support the content If you surf though CSS galleries a lot looking for inspiration for your projects you ll also get a lot of value just from flipping through the pages It s an ideal start for aspiring design professionals because it provides a comprehensive horizontal look at the design process end to end If your goal is to learn how to manage big design projects the book helps you develop an essential vocabulary and a broad awareness of things you need to consider and why you do before you get started CONS few The information in some sections is a little light I said at the beginning of this post that I wished the book was longer And again I ll say that at 255 pages that s not really a knock There s plenty of great info to chew on The book was clearly designed for breadth rather than depth which is why it succeeds in giving the reader a complete and broad awareness of the design process Depth needed to be sacrificed in order to cover everything Entire books have been written on each topic covered in this book like SEO usability etc The good news is that being aware that these are critical steps in the process will aid you in your search for deeper dives into how this stuff is done No suggestions for further reading Recognizing that this book was designed for breadth it would have been useful to have had a short list of suggested resources in each section to guide the reader to deep dives For example Daniel Pink s book Drive The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us includes a vetted list of further reading after every section This isn t a make or break by any means it s just a nice to have So in wrapping up I just want to acknowledge one last thing Funny enough I actually found this book while searching the iPad app store for web design tools It has an accompanying iPad app with a neat grid building function and a few short interviews with Brian that are tied into a sample of the first chapter If you re still wondering whether this book might be for you and you have an iPad download the app It s only a buck the tools are neat and it s a great

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  • Interaction Design Archives - Steffan Antonas
    a pot of coffee to ordering a pair of shoes online User experience is the result of your interactions with a product or service specifically how it s delivered and its related artifacts according to the design In this presentation Nick Finck and Raina Van Cleave will explore the ten characteristics of a great user experience They will cover all aspects of user experience design such as user research information architecture information design technical writing interaction design visual design brand identity design accessibly usability and web analytics Nick and Raina will also explain how following the ten commandments can boost your web sites web app or mobile app s ease of use appeal conversion rates and more The Ten Commandments Of User Experience View more presentations from Nick Finck Published March 21 2010 Author Steffan Antonas Category Design Comments 4 Comments Core Principals For Creating Robust and Vibrant Online Communities In this presentation Christina Wodtke LinkedIn shares some core principals for creating online communities and discusses critical design decisions that help a community thrive I flipped through it this morning and found it useful It provides a good framework for learning about and discussing how to promote desired behaviors with

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  • Usability Archives - Steffan Antonas
    the most valuable slides Here s a quick summary of the talk User experiences are your everyday experiences anything from operating a car to making a pot of coffee to ordering a pair of shoes online User experience is the result of your interactions with a product or service specifically how it s delivered and its related artifacts according to the design In this presentation Nick Finck and Raina Van

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  • User Experience Archives - Steffan Antonas
    the design In this presentation Nick Finck and Raina Van Cleave will explore the ten characteristics of a great user experience They will cover all aspects of user experience design such as user research information architecture information design technical writing interaction design visual design brand identity design accessibly usability and web analytics Nick and Raina will also explain how following the ten commandments can boost your web sites web app or mobile app s ease of use appeal conversion rates and more The Ten Commandments Of User Experience View more presentations from Nick Finck Published March 21 2010 Author Steffan Antonas Category Design Comments 4 Comments Simple Touch Points Of Loyalty Julie got this card in the mail the other day from our dry cleaner It probably took them only a few minutes to write and send it I think the card speaks for itself Simple personal perfect Handwritten notes still go a long way Published January 12 2010 Author Steffan Antonas Category Business Entrepreneurship Community The Phone Book Designing Interactive Storytelling Experiences For Parents Kids It takes about 30 seconds to realize that this product is a perfect marriage between digital and analog The interface is simple and the story telling is rich and engaging What a fantastic way to bring together parents and children Not only does it encourage reading it also inspires creativity This video was originally posted on Alex Rainert s blog EverydayUX one of the best blogs on the web for user experience design lovers Hat tip to Alex for the find Head over there for more info and links about the product Published December 5 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Design Core Principals For Creating Robust and Vibrant Online Communities In this presentation Christina Wodtke LinkedIn shares some core principals for creating online communities

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  • Nominated For San Diego "New Media" Blogger Of The Year - Steffan Antonas
    ve been recognized in this category by my peers and readers is truly humbling A heart felt thank you goes out to everyone out there who reads my stuff and leaves comments on this little blog You guys make writing a joy for me The award winners are decided by your votes so if you read this blog regularly I d really appreciate it if you could help me stay in the running Voting closes on March 24th You can register and vote here Again thanks to all of you out there who make the conversations we have on this blog what they are You re the reason I write Published March 18 2010 Author Steffan Antonas Category Journal Tags Awards Nominations Press News Comments 10 Comments Post navigation Previous Post Case Study How To Use Foursquare To Draw A Crowd Into Your Restaurant Next Post The Ten Commandments Of User Experience 10 Comments katiewynner March 18 2010 at 1 19 pm That s so great Congrats Steffan Steffan Antonas March 18 2010 at 1 49 pm Thanks Katie Fraser March 18 2010 at 2 27 pm woah this is seriously great on my way to vote Steffan Antonas March 18 2010 at 3 03 pm Thanks Fraser AJ Bombers March 18 2010 at 3 20 pm How awesome is this I m voting and telling the world that reads blogs to read this great blog and vote Congrats Steffan no one deserves it more than someone who gives so much Thank you for doing what you do Steffan Antonas March 18 2010 at 3 39 pm Thanks Joe first for the kind words second for making the last few weeks so much fun GlobalPatriot March 19 2010 at 3 30 pm Nobody deserves it more Steffan I m always

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  • My Story: From Georgetown Graduate Student To Tech Blogger - Steffan Antonas
    super interested in this stuff but back then it didn t have much practical application because these kinds of virtual communities were so new Though I knew huge numbers of people were changing their behavior and gravitating to these communities and that this stuff was going to be big Quite a few people at CCT thought that I was just a wee bit crazy Fast forward to February 2007 I was at a tech conference here in San Diego O Reilly s E Tech and was introduced to Twitter After just a few weeks being on the service I had bumped into half of the authors that had written books that were the foundation for a few of our core classes at CCT People like Howard Rheingold Smart Mobs and Steven B Johnson Interface Culture and Emergence They all had blogs and were having daily conversations about the stuff I loved So I started blogging publicly and joining in those conversations Because I had studied a lot of this stuff at CCT for my thesis and in my courses I was having great informed conversations with influential people in the tech world I was having a ball I would never have had this access without the exposure to the authors and ideas I was exposed to at CCT I ve been having conversations about new media daily online on blogs and on social media etc ever since as a full time hobby and it s opened a lot of doors I have written for one of the top 10 blogs in the world ReadWriteWeb and I ve been on WSRadio Internet radio here in San Diego several times recently again last week as a guest host This month I was nominated for InfluenceSD s New Media Blogger of the year

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